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Back to the Grind

thailand countrysideSo I’m settled in Thailand.

Beautiful country with the nicest people I’ve met anywhere on Earth. Its a very peaceful country with great weather and its ridiculously affordable too. I’ve been here 2 months and I estimate it costs roughly 15-20% of what it costs in LA or DC (my last 2 residences) to live here. Dinner for the wife and I usually costs $2 US and our 4 bedroom townhouse costs us $100 US a month to rent.

Anyways, enough about Thailand. Its time to get back to work on this blog! I’ve been spending a lot of my time writing on my stock market Blog – Penny Stalker – since the world economy is in upheaval. There are tons and tons of affordable stocks right now, so working on my portfolio has been nearly a full time job.

This post, albeit a short one, because I have to catch up on my real work of webmastering a couple dozen sites, is about a great new Web 2.0 software I ran across. The name is Dolphin. Its free and chock full of features including video sharing, blogging, user profiles, commenting, classifieds, etc. It even has its own chat system for instant messages.

The reason I mention it here is because Dolphin allows you to own your very own video sharing community. I’ve been working on two installs for clients over the last month. The technical process of installation is pretty complex, but managing the site is easy.

If you’d like me to install a copy for you, hit me up on my website –


March 19, 2008 Posted by | video, world | , , , , | Leave a comment

Free Education

College is expensive. Education at a top-rated University is even more expensive — if you can get in. Well now you can. Many Universities are posting their full lectures online for FREE. Now you can extend your education without paying a dime (or leaving your bedroom).

Of course, as my co-worker pointed out, you don’t get a diploma with that education. So you’ll have to decide whether you want a nice piece of paper to frame, or you want to get smarter. Here’s some resources for you..

Universities with Free Videos:

MIT OpenCourseWare Site
Apple iTune U (28 colleges)
UC Berkeley on YouTube
Princeton University Lectures

European Graduate School
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Other Good Educational Links:

Global Public Environmental Lectures
Education Podcast List
Expert Village (21,000+ How-to Videos)

And something silly,
Professor Lectures 98 Hours to Set World Record

December 30, 2007 Posted by | education, video, YouTube | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ford Models on YouTube

Seems like everybody’s got a YouTube channel these days, and if they don’t they should! Millions of people spend hours a day watching online videos, but advertisers still waste most of their money on TV? Doesn’t make sense to me. I never watch the actual TV box now that I can see pretty much any TV show online for free — at my convenience.

 What’s that have to do with this post? Nothing really, just ranting. I ran across the Ford Models YouTube channel today. Kinda boring actually, but some of the models are really hot. Like the video of Tara Stiles doing Yoga or the Butt Workout with Kim Strother. There are over 400 videos posted on this channel.

So, if you’re a surfer, check out the channel. If you are a modeling agency, model, or other business in the business of hot chicks, get them on YouTube so we can see them!

Ford Models YouTube Channel

 Ford Models YouTube Channel

December 29, 2007 Posted by | chicks, video, YouTube | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NBC online is sweet

Just ran across the new NBC website. They have free episodes of every show on the NBC network. The shows only go back 2 weeks (at most), and they have commercials where the commercials normally go, but still, its FREE!! Heck of a lot better than buying episodes off iTunes, which was a big news deal a few months back when NBC pulled their shows from the iTunes Store.

I haven’t quite figured out how to rip the shows to my ipod so I can watch them while I’m running, but I’m working on it. I’m thinking maybe rip the screen with SnagIt and render it with Windows Movie Maker, although that seems like a lot of work. Maybe some hack in Russia will do it for me for $3 an hour (message me if interested lol).

Now all NBC has to do is start shooting a few more entertaining shows and this could be the best thing since YouTube.

watch free episodes on NBC

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After watching episodes on the site daily for about a week, I have some observations:

  1. Use Internet Explorer. Lots of problems with Firefox, like bad buffering, freezes when put into fullscreen mode, and if you pause a video to watch later, it just repeats the same scene over and over again when you come back to it.
  2. This one is for the NBC ad staff – Flash ads should be small in file size. The commercial breaks are only 30 seconds (nice feature!), so some of the ads take 20 seconds or more to load. One example I saw was an interractive Nissan ad. By the time it loaded, there wasn’t any time to interract with the rollover info boxes places all over the vehicle. Looked like great graphics, but totally ineffective.
  3. Some shows only have the latest few episodes, so watch them while you can (for free that is).

December 19, 2007 Posted by | tv, video | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment